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all right. it seems these days the must have back to school accessory for kids is not trendy clothes, not a new backpack, but a cell phone. >> of course. well, get this, nearly one-third of american kids age 8 to 10 actually have their own cell phones. but does having one help or hurt? here's claire shipman. >> reporter: back to school time and the rush is on for those critical supplies. pencils, folders, rulers, and -- cell phones? for many families, the cell phone has become the latest backpack necessity as classes get started again. even if parents like anicia keel
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aren't buying them, they're getting lobbied hard. >> if you give me a cell phone i'll never be a bad boy again. >> reporter: nice negotiating but she thinks 8-year-old braden is too young. according to a study by cafe mom, a website dedicated to parenting issues, most mothers think 13 is the right age. but some families are moving younger. >> i was 10 when i got my first cell phone. >> two or three of my friends have cell phones. i got my cell phone eight months ago for christmas. >> reporter: the bahoney family thinks the digital connection is critical for their busy lives. >> the reasons for the cell phone, obviously, the a after-school activities and the emergency situation if they're away from home. that's definitely a big factor in it. >> reporter: and many families now feel the same way. 31% of 8 to 10-year-olds now have cell phones, according to a kaiser study. 69% of 11 to 14-year-olds do. and 85% of 15 to 18-year-olds. >> it's important to set limits with these children, especially
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at a young age. >> reporter: so far, braden isn't having much luck with his powers of persuasion. >> i ask my mom and dad 200 times a week for a cell phone. they still say no. >> we're setting the standards so high and the expectations so high, that if they're getting cell phones at this very young age, by the time they're in high school, what are we going to be providing to them? you know, brand new cars? condos? >> reporter: anicia says 14 or 15 for that phone. but not surprisingly a lot of families feel it just depends on the child. >> for many of the moms considering a phone for the younger child, those in that 8 to 10 to early tween range, maturity and responsibility are key factors. >> reporter: the biggest worry about going digital? 80% of moms fear their child will lose that cell phone. 65% think the phone will distract them from academics. 63% worry their child might be exposed to inappropriate content through browsing or apps. >> despite having many concerns our moms do recognize the value
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of having that constant connectivity or that line out to their kids at any given time. >> reporter: and so the latest frontier for cell phones, elementary school. >> again, sign of the times. again, there are a lot of ways parents can put limits on how their kid uses a cell phone. >> i think most parents feel like if there's an emergency, i want to have an immediate way to get in contact with you. >> i think the limitations is the key word there. just like on facebook or myspace, as a parent you have to set those filters. it's a tough debate. >> it is hard. >> this is a sign of the times and you have to be aware of it. >> we'll see where we go. coming up next, the next group of contestants who will be dancing with the stars. why so many people thought fred savage died. all next in "the skinny."
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welcome back, everybody. >> it is time for "the skinny." and we have -- >> big news.
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>> big news. "dancing with the stars," we have the lineup. >> it's official. that's right. >> the official lineup that was released last night here on abc. brandy one of the contestants on "dancing with the stars." we also have jennifer grey, michael bolton -- >> that's not michael. >> that is not michael. margaret cho. florence henderson, of course. bristol palin, who will be on "good morning america" this morning. the hoff. >> the hoff, yes. >> david hasselhoff. and, you know, kurt warner, which is a good choice, i think. he's not busy now, retired from the league. >> that's right, plenty of time. rick fox, former laker. husband of vanessa williams. >> to see if he can transition from the court to the dance floor. and "the situation." >> can't forget "the situation," my boy from "the jersey shore." >> my question is, is one of the themes going to be the fist pumping? >> i have no doubt that he will be -- he will be out there, he will be fist pumping.
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>> doing the fist pumping. >> a pretty good lineup this year. >> it is a good lineup and that usually transitions to other great things. we'll see where these people can use that. >> the b-listers love it, yeah. there you go. there's "the situation" on the far left. bristol palin coming up on "good morning america" a little while from now. moving on, this is really interesting. we talked about the emmys yesterday. apparently there was a big kind of misunderstanding at the emmys. you know during the award show they kind of do the solemn part of the show where they do the in memoriam for who passed the last year. as they're doing it during the emmys on sunday night, apparently there was a picture of corey haim who did pass away as a young kid. some people thought it looked like fred savage, who played kevin on "the wonder years." all of a sudden on twitter and online all these reports come out about how fred savage had died. there's the picture of a young
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fred savage and a young corey haim. i can kind of see quickly, you know, you might get confused. >> right. >> but we should clear up immediately, fred savage is very well alive, fine. corey haim is no longer with us. but there was -- in this day and age, people twitter and text and online goes crazy. people thought fred died because people thought corey was the young fred. false alarm. bad information got spread way too quickly. there's thof ty current age. >> as adults. there's really no resemblance re. >> not at all. >> you're seeing that more a ad itn o there. fred's all right. >> verify the twitters. this is interesting, a new m.j. movie being shot. which is interesting because they had "this is it" that was released. it was somewhat of a big hit. it followed the tour that never was after michael jackson passed away last summer. it had great behind the scenes footage. interestingly enough, tew video pe
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tdz here are some stories to watch today on abc news. after hitting puerto rico, hurricane earl's next threat is the bahamas. tropical storm watches and warnings are posted in that part of the caribbean. president obama marks the end of the american combat mission in iraq today by visiting troops at ft. bliss, texas. the troops based there have been deployed to iraq for years. and scientists will begin a week-long tour of the gulf of mexico today. they want to know if the oil spill will have a lasting impact on plants and animals. and finally this half hour, the pill that costs just a little over $2 but could save up to 10,000 lives every year. >> medical researchers say the drug could prevent heart failure and give thousands of people a new lease on life. here's the bbc's jon brain.
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>> reporter: it's an illness which blights the lives of hundreds of thousands of people and saps the resources of the national health service. the prognosis for people suffering from heart failure is worse than from many cancers. but could a small, relatively cheap pill that's already on the market be the answer? ivabradine costs 1.5 pounds a day and is used to treat patients with angina. in a trial across 37 countries, it was given to heart failure patients as well. many reported a huge improvement. >> since having treatments, and at the present moment i feel really very well. i'm very active, very positive. i'm enjoying life. i'm rediscovering all sorts of things that i sort of stopped being interested in a very long time ago. >> reporter: heart failure occurs when the heart is too weak to pump blood around the body efficiently. ivabradine slows down the patient's pulse, meaning less
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stress is put on the organ. it also appears to have fewer side effects than existing heart drugs. experts in the uk have welcomed the research but are counseling caution. >> i think any new drug needs to be managed and introduced cautiously. it's not for everybody. the trial was particularly in people who had a high heart rate. the feature about this drug is it lowers your heart rate so you wouldn't want to give it to someone who has a low heart rate already. >> reporter: the fact that it has already been licensed means it could be available to patients with heart failure relatively quickly. but whether it is a real medical breakthrough will take much longer to establish. jon brain, bbc news. okay, you can make sure and follow us on "the skinny." we also have "the papers" on our own page. >> that's right, on our facebook, 19,000 fans and counting. again, you can find "the skinny"
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successful athlete. not maybe the best living situation. >> okay. >> that's coming up later on. >> that's a good tease. good morning, i'm rob nelson. >> i'm mike marusarz sitting in for vinita nair. hurricane earl is moving across the caribbean with dangerous downpours and damaging winds and he's getting stronger. >> by tomorrow earl could have 150-mile-an-hour winds. sam champion reports on the potential threat to the u.s. east coast and state of the art forecasting. >> reporter: hurricane earl jumped two categories. only 15% of all hurricanes will ever be that powerful. its track also shifted slightly to the west, increasing the chances that earl will swipe the east coast from the outer banks all the way up to cape cod as it moves north. and fema is watching it all. monitoring earl's every move. urging states from north carolina to new england to prepare for possible evacuations. earl has been lashing the islands in the caribbean as it gains strength. knocking down trees, causing
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power outages, creating dangerous surf. this as the east coast is still feeling the effects of hurricane danielle. over the weekend at least two people died as a result of powerful rip tides caused in the wake of danielle. east coast lifeguards, including those in new jersey, were on high alert after more than 100 people were rescued from rough surf over the weekend. now earl is on his way and could threaten one of the busiest beach weekends of the summer. here at the national hurricane center in miami, hurricane trackers are closely monitoring all the incoming data in order to create the various models that can warn people about the path of this ever-changing and now very dangerous hurricane. >> now the computers are reaching the skill level where we can run very sophisticated models to come up with a better forecast where the hurricane will be. >> reporter: hurricane hunters, planes that fly right through
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the storm, gathering precise measurements that allow for greater accuracy when it comes to predicting just where a hurricane is headed. >> the strides that have been made in the last several decades have to do with track forecasting. >> reporter: as a result, three-day forecasts are now as accurate as two-day forecasts were during the '90s. but the long-term forecast, four and five days out, is still tricky busy. that's why keeping an eye on earl as it strengthens in the warm waters of the atlantic is so important in the coming days. for those who think a hurricane can't strike new england, think again. these are pictures of hurricane bob. in 1991, bob passed within 35 miles of the carolina coast, clips new york's long island, and made landfall in rhode island with 100-mile-an-hour winds. a category 2 hurricane. >> again, that was sam champion reporting from miami. the cruise ships in the caribbean are steering away from earl this morning. >> that's right. storm warnings are up in the
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bahamas. accuweather's ava dinges has more. good morning. >> good morning, mike and rob. hurricane earl now a major hurricane as it continues to impact puerto rico. a well-defined eye just to the north of puerto rico. we're still seeing some strong waves up to 18 feet across the northern shore and much of puerto rico seeing widespread 3 to 6 inches of rain. even localized areas up to 12 inches as the storm continues to track off to the north and west. it will continue on a northwesterly pattern, eventually impacting haiti, dominican republic, heading towards the bahamas. and then we have high pressure in control across the atlantic. this is going to steer earl more to a northerly track. that means impacts to the eastern seaboard as we head into the next couple of days. already beginning on wednesday, the east coast of florida starting to see rip currents as well as rough surf. rip currents will move up the east coast of the carolinas and evey eacted coast of north carolina, even
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ca hat cou up heavy rain, strong, gusty winds. did and you take the track further out and even eastern long island could be of concern. very uncertain as we go that far out. we'll keep you up to date. >> rough few days, thanks, ava. now the rest of the weather around the country. 80-mile-an-hour winds, hail and a chance of tornados from omaha to green bay. showers from houston to tallahassee and from memphis to st. louis. thunderstorms in the southwest and rain from seatto >> 67 in billings. dllas kan 91 chicago 90. 90s for much of the northeast. and shifting gears now, two men are under arrest in the netherlands because suspicious items found in their luggage. a senior law enforcement official told abc news the two men had mock bo in r suitcases. >> reporter: investigators say the men flew from chicago's o'hare airport overseas sunday night, and they were allowed on the united airlines jet despite security concerns.
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the two men, ahmed al soofi, and hezam al murisi, are yemen natives who live in the u.s. legally. security guards noticed al soofi had $7,000 in cash and wore bulky clothing. the fbi says a cell phone found taped to a pepto-bismol bottle in their luggage may have been a mock bomb. there were three other phones also taped together. they discovered watches taped together, a box cutter, and three large knives inside those checked bags. they flew from birmingham to memphis and on to chicago, then in chicago they booked a connecting flight to amsterdam. their bags had been booked on a flight to dubai from chicago's o'hare. authorities are concerned this may have been a dry run or preparation of a terror attack with september 11th approaching. airport security has been high since christmas when a nigerian man attempted to detonate explosives in his underwear. he was arrested on a flight from detroit to amsterdam. ever since that incident, new security measures have been in place. >> no comment just yet from u.s.
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officials on those two men charged in the netherlands. homeland security secretary janet napolitano could face questions tonight when she addresses a pilots' group. a college student accused of slashing a muslim cab driver's throat was indicted on hate crime charges. michael enright remains in custody at a new york psychiatric hospital. prosecutors say enright was drunk when he attacked a cab driver, ahmed sharif, after asking if he was muslim. pro baseball's roger clemens' trial begins next april after his not guilty plea yesterday in washington. he's accused of lying to congress. clemens denies the six counts against him following his claims that he never used performance-enhancing drugs. after yesterday's hearing, clemens dashed off to north carolina where he fit in a quick round of golf. the commander in chief meets with troops today at ft. bliss, texas. that's before tonight's
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presidential address on the iraq war from the oval office. a ohnn rehe pr address, president obama will outline a landmark troop withdrawal in iraq. >> what you'll see tomorrow is the changing of a mission from one of combat to one of support. >> reporter: but first the president focused on the fragile economic recovery. he called on republicans in congress to stop blocking his plan to cut taxes for small businesses and to create $30 billion in new small business lending. >> i ask senate republicans to drop the blockade. >> reporter: in the coming days, mr. obama said he will offer new detailof so sp say is falterin >> steps like extending the tax cuts for the middle class that are set to expire this year. redoubling our investment in clean energy and r&d. rebuilding more of our infrastructure for the future. further tax cuts to encourage businesses to put their capital to work creating jobs here in the united states. >> reporter: those measures were largely proposals the white
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house has discussed before. but the administration was keen to show a president focused on the economy. >> he can't fix it overnight. this election is going to be about the economy. that is the fundamental driving issue of this election. >> reporter: it's a tough balance with midterm elections looming and a full schedule that has the president talking about the gulf coast recovery, hosting a mideast peace conference, and explaining which troops will leave iraq and which will remain behind. after a week of dismal news for the housing market, new nu consumer spending in four months. a ray of suns administratin a st cloudy reports. john hendren, abc news, washington. >> abcs lirage tfro ovaceeg 8:00 eastern, 7:00 central. now to some much lighter news in arkansas where an uninvited visitor turn be a real >> you t. a fayettevi door to find this, a huge snake on her porch. all 9 1/2 feet of it.
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animal control experts managed to capture the python and take it to a shelter. but luckily for this woman, the snake had already eaten lunch. >> there was a noticeable bulge in that snake's body. that's actually the whole chicken it swallowed just befo it was found. authorities say if no one claims the python, it will be sent to a safari park. i would have passed out. that woman's very lucky. we'll be right back.
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the u.s. open is under way here in new york. one question many tennis fans have, how will rafael nadal, the king of the clay, do on the hard courts? >> off the court the 24-year-old phenom is also turning heads. here's john berman. >> i love you, rafa! >> reporter: what does it take to be rafael nadal?
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we went looking for answers. when you're going out there to serve the first point of the match, the ball's in the air, what are you thinking about? >> nothing, trying to put the ball inside. >> reporter: no, really. with that relentless focus, what is he thinking? how important is your head for tennis? >> well, the important thing is the shot. it's easy to be a great champion with a lot of shots and nothing of head, or a lot of head and nothing of shots. >> reporter: he sounds like a shy 24-year-old but plays like a bull. this spanish conquistador of the court, known around the world adoringly as rafa. >> i feel very lucky to work on one of my hobbies. especially that things are going much better than i ever thought. >> they're going okay, right? >> yes. >> reporter: definitely okay. he can hardly go anywhere without hearing this. >> i love you, rafa! >> reporter: his biceps are
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practically spanish national treasures. there's no other way to put it, you're kind of a sex symbol. >> i don't think so. i don't know. >> you may not think so but a lot of other people do. that woman who told you she loved you -- >> you like me or what? >> reporter: in case you're wondering, he has a girlfriend back home in spain. he comes to the u.s. open as the number one ranked tennis player in the world. but takes nothing for granted. he was grunting through two full practice sessions in one day when we saw him at a u.s. open series warmup event near cincinnati. you practice and practice and practice and practice. how much better can you get? >> well, i can improve a lot of things, for sure. >> reporter: in fact, the most frequent criticism of nadal is that he plays and practices too hard. running opponents, and himself, into the ground. he has the work ethic. he also has good genes. his uncle was a spanish world cup soccer star, known as the
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beast of barcelona. but beyond his forehand, rafa is known for his quirks. like arranging his water bottles again and again. >> i do the bottles just like a concentration thing. >> reporter: there are other quirks too. take his choice in music. sure he's a star in a steamy shakira video. but what does he like to listen to? ♪ >> reporter: "phantom of the opera"? >> i love the musical. i was there in new york watching that i think six times. >> reporter: and of course, nadal is also known for his famous rivalry with roger federer and their epic matches. like the wimbledon final in 2008. federer has 16 grand slam titles to nadal's eight. nadal is a very private 24-year-old. he likes to spend as much time
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as he can back home on the pristine spanish island of majorca with his friends and family whom he still lives with. you're 24 years old, you've made some pretty good money, think it's time to move out soon? >> hm. not in my case. i have a happy family. >> reporter: so in this world of big money, big ego athletes, what does it take to be rafael nadal? apparently, incredible amounts of hard work, incredible biceps -- >> hi. >> how are you? >> good. >> everything fine? >> yes, sir. >> reporter: and incredible humility. when you walk on the court do you always think you're going to win? >> i never think i'm going to win. i always think i can win and i can lose. so the only thing that i can think is i'm going to do everything right to win.
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>> most of the time it ends up okay? >> a lot of times, works well. a lot of times, didn't work like this. >> reporter: i'm john berman in mason, ohio. >> hm. seems like a very, very cool guy, totally. i don't know about the whole living at home at 24, being a millionaire and number one in the world, that part still gets me. >> saving money, times are tough. >> he's starving, yeah, really. >> he's so introverted too. >> you ever played tennis? >> oh, it's the wrong way, obviously not. >> that's pretty bad. let's just read the news. >> i don't live with my parents, though. that's an important step. >> that's an important step, that's's's's's's's's's's's's's's's's's's's's's's's's's's's's's's's's's's's's's's's's's's's's's's's's's's's's's's's's's's's's's's's's's's's's's's's's's's's's's's's's's's's's's's's's's's's's's's's's's's's's's's's's's's's's's's's's's's's's's's's's's's's's's's's's's's's's's's's's's's's's's's's's's's's's's's's's's's's's's's's's's's's's's's's's's's's's's's's's's's's
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th the stars" is now official. this year's contestants include not only a palin but a brady. >> as well as a "dirty dancing" '80s star, "the situation," the
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hoff. brad wheelis has it all from l.a. >> reporter: the dance card is officially set for season 11 of "dancing with the stars." one of the more intriguing contestants who will be wearing sparkly outfits this season is sarah palin's daughter, bristol. >> what does your mom think about you being on the show? >> she's excited for me. she knows this is going to be hard work but she's excited. >> reporter: singer and actress brandy is no stranger to executing dance steps in front of an audience. another celebrity who won't be learning something completely new is jennifer grey, who likes her dancing a little dirty. >> do you feel like people have unfair expectations about what you're going to bring to the dance floor here? >> so unfair. >> okay, all right. >> completely unfair, yeah. i cannot stress to you how unfair that would be. i mean, i'm 50.
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>> reporter: actor david hasselhoff will be looking to impress both the judges and his children. >> my two daughters love this show and they convinced me, dad, you've got to go for it. and life's about a journey, should be a lot of fun. >> reporter: super bowl-winning quarterback kurt warner and former nba champion rick fox will also be on the show. athletes have a pretty good track record when it comes to "dancing with the stars." in the past ten seasons, five athletes have gone home with that disco ball trophy. rounding out the cast for season 11 of "dancing with the stars" are "the hills" audrina patridge. comedienne margaret cho. "the brady bunch's" florence henderson and kyle massey. along with michael bolton and
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"world news now" delivers your "morning papers." >> you know, mike, neither you nor i are particularly tall men. >> no. >> have you ever dated a woman taller than you? >> my wife's a little bit taller, about the same height. but i have. maybe not as tall as some women out there. it wasn't drastically different. >> i had never done it. i'm too insecure to do that. imagine this. check out this picture. this is a 14-year-old girl from brazil. >> whoa! >> again, 14 years old. she stands at 6'9".
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incredible. >> wow. >> she does suffer some kind of affliction which is why she's gotten so big so fast. 6'9". it's so bad she can't even fit on the school bus anymore to get to school. her mother said, i want her to stop growing up, to be like other girls because i know she feels weird and wants to be like them. obviously you stick out at 6'9", man or woman. isn't it crazy? she's interested possibly in modeling down the road. but right now she kind of wants to be normal. she has this rare disease, that's why she's almost 7 feet tall. >> at 14 usually girls feel awkward because they traditionally, as far as the height situat that's a bit of an extreme case. wow. >> crazy, 6'9". unbelievable. apparently the oldest, the world's tallest teenager, believed to be 16-year-old marva >> that's wild. >> wild stuff. let's go to some crazy shoes. some moon boots they look like.
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remember marty mcfly off "back to the future"? >> oh, yeah. absolutely. >> there he is. he's got these shoes. nike working on this development deal to have an automatic lacing system. you basically feel like if you want them loose or tight, push a button. >> that wouldn't be bad at all. saves you time. that's not bad. >> it reminds me of the bubble shoes. >> for the lazy athlete. >> the lazy athlete, right. does it give you any special powers? that's what you want to know, right? it reminds me of the bubble shoes where you used to pump them up. >> that's right. those were the coolest things. nike working on that. >> doesn't get any cooler than this, how about this. obviously we were stuck in ties and suits every day, under the lights and all this. now they're coming out possibly with a new model of neck tie coolers. there's a fan in the knot of your tie, plug it into a usb socket, all of a sudden this little fan is blowing cool air in your face. >> no.
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>> oprah: you're here! >> i'm here. oprah: what took you so long? i am blown away by this man. hi, babies. are men intimidated by you? would your mother be happy that you were sitting here talking to me? the interview of a lifetime. >> after the moments we'll always remember --
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tropical threat. from the caribbean and up the east coast, hurricane earl gains strength. then, inside look at egg producers. disturbing and disgusting findings by inspectors after the big salmonella scare. and, glenn beck's beckoning. how his political rally turned religious. >> pray. but pray on your knees. >> the commentator's explanation. it's tuesday, august 31st. >> from abc news, this is "world news now." >> we've been talking about the salmonella scare now for several days. and the footage from inside those farms in iowa and the conditions, if you're eating breakfast watching this, hold off, put your fork down. >> terrible. just when you think it's bad it gets worse. and we are learning much more
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disturbing information about not only the eggs that we knew were contaminated but now possibly where they came from and all the rest. it's just bad. >> never ask how sausage gets made, that's what they say. good morning, i'm rob nelson. >> i'm mike marusarz sitting in for vinita nair. hurricane earl is growing stronger with winds that could top 150 miles an hour by tomorrow. >> the storm could spoil a lot of plans for millions of people along the east coast looking forward, of course, to the big labor day holiday weekend. steven portnoy has the latest now. good morning, steven. >> reporter: rob and mike, good morning. as forecasters focus on the storm swirling out in the atlantic, officials here in washington are warning of danger close. hurricane earl, now a category 4 storm, is battering puerto rico, dumping heavy rains and flooding streets and it's heading for the mainland u.s.
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>> earl could approach the outer banks of north carolina as early as thursday night. >> it could make landfall in new england later in the week. along the way, it will wreak havoc with beachgoers along the eastern seaboard who are exposed to riptides and heavy surf already generated by hurricane danielle. >> as you can see we're flying the double red flag. basically we're advising people not to swim. >> reporter: lifeguards, surfers, sprang into action over struggling swimmers. surfboard, that guying outtherst tof. >> reporter: saved his . many had a close call sucks you undea the sand. knocks the air out of you if you don't watch what you're doing. >> reporter: all from hurricanes danielle and earl, now a new
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storm out there, tropical storm fiona. a trifecta of tropical storms threatening to ruin the end of the summer beach season. while tropical storm watches and warnings are posted this morning in the bahamas as earl continues to gain strength. >> accuweather's ava dinges is tracking the hurricane for us. good morning, ava. >> good morning, rob and mike. we still have hurricane earl impacting puerto rico even as we head throughout these l toertosis ing ear ilikehe southeast coast of the united states beginning on wednesday. strong rip currents and rough surf across florida, back into the carolinas. we could see heavy rain calling across cape hatteras by thursday, and eventually the storm system expected to track up toward the long island region even by friday. keep in mind, well far out this storm track is very uncertain. definitely some im eastern coast as we head into the upcoming days.
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biggest concern will be into wednesday and thursday as we see that rough surf in the southeast. >> ava, thank you. now the rest of the weather from around the country. windy with hail and isolated tornados from kansas city to des moines and up to the twin cities. showers and thunderstorms along the gulf coast. and around dallas, little rock, and st. louis. also thunderstorms from tucson to albuquerque. >> a wet 59 in seattle. 66 in portland. and 72 in boise. 75 in fargo. 85 in minneapolis. and 90 in detroit. the heat wave continues along the east coast with 90s from boston to baltimore. in other news this morning, president obama meets with troops today in texas ahead of his major speech tonight on the iraq war. earlier the president took aim at the major domestic issue of the day. that of course is still the nation's lagging economic
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recovery. jake tapper reports now from the white house. >> reporter: in a hastily arranged event in the rose garden this afternoon -- >> good afternoon, everybody. >> reporter: president obama tried to convince the public that he's on top of the economic crisis and will be presenting new ideas in the coming weeks. he also scolded republicans in congress for obstructing legislation to help small businesses create jobs through pta andans. uto& 's tionld rilave and w is keeping businessirin and instead of providing reassurance, seen as a metaphor for the administration's struggle to get a hold of the
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problem. technical snafus symbolize the communications problems the president has had. >> how are we doing on sound, guys? >> reporter: failing to convince consumers, investors or businesses that the worst is over. >> can you guys still hear us? okay. let me try this one more time. >> it's very difficult to get your message through like that when the economy continues to suffer the way it is. >> reporter: president obama's hands may be tied. democrats on capitol hill complain about spending fatigue because of public concerns about the debt. jake tapper, abc news, the white house. and you can join abc news for live coverage of tonight's presidential speech from the oval office. it will start at 8:00 eastern time, 7:00 central. we have new evidence of growing dissatisfaction about one of the president's signature issues, health care. a just-released poll says only 39% of americans believe the country is better off under the new health care reform law. that's down 20 points from
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february of last year. 31% say they are angry about alcareilea o s bury has the story. >> reporter: what fda inspectors found in farms owned by two big iowa egg producers after that salmonella poisoning can only be described as disgusting. >> this is shocking. it's an industry-wide practice that has to stop. >> reporter: at wright egg and quality egg, owned by the same company, fda inspectors found live mice inside the egg-laying houses. live and dead flies and maggots too numerous to count. at hillandale farms, inspectors found 65 unsealed rodent holes and liquid manure streaming out of a gap in a door. in a statement, wright county egg said the vast majority of the concerns already have been
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addressed. >> it's the lack of sanitation in these massive factory farms that can lead to just the kind of food-borne illness problems we're seeing. >> reporter: the iowa farms share business ties with egg baron jack decoster. his companies charged with multiple violations over the years. including a $25,000 fine after undercover video revealed this poor treatment of hens at a farm he owns in maine. the fda inspections are the first ever at these farms since new standards took effect in july. now the administration has ordered inspectors to all the biggest egg producers in the hopes of preventing another dangerous outbreak. chris bury, abc news. a trip to the showroom could soon feel a bit more like you're reading a report card. the government is proposing letter grades on window stickers to reflect a vehicle's fuel to include the same information. well, take me out to the ball game but please do not buy me peanuts and crackerjacks.
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>> that's right. chicago cubbies fans with peanut allergies got their wish, a peanut-free zone to enjoy the game without getting sick. the cubs set aside a skybox in center field for fans who requested a special section. >> tickets for the peanut-free zone cost $50 but the families didn't seem to mind too much. the cubs plan to offer similar accommodations at select home games in the future. everyone's needs are met at the ballpark. >> more abc news after this. the ballpark. >> more abc news after this.
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welcome back, everybody. well, fox news commentator glenn beck made headlines this weekend. tens of thousands descended on the national mall in washington to listen to him speak. >> expecting to hear the
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conservative beck preach his political message, but as john donvan reports, there was preaching but little politics. >> praise be to god -- >> reporter: and lo, the multitudes gathered near a shining water. >> just pray. but pray on your knees. >> reporter: and the man with the preacher's demeanor fed them. with words, anyway. >> see what the lord is putting in front of you now. >> reporter: and if glenn beck did not serve the usual supper of stimulus plan stabbing and obama's a socialist stinging that many of his followers perhaps had come to see -- >> it is time to start the heart of this nation again and put it where it belongs! our hearts with god! >> reporter: this gentle, nonpartisan sway to the day, beck told the crowd, was not what he had originally planned. >> i thought it was supposed to be political. >> reporter: but then he says he spoke to god and that's how this happened. >> this day has nothing to do
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with politics. it has everything to do with god. >> reporter: there just was not much obvious attack going on. which the author of a new book about beck has not seen before. >> the idea of him presenting himself fundamentally as a religious figure as opposed to a libertarian, leave us alone government figure, that's a new development. >> reporter: still, just because it was called a day for god does not mean that god and politics are easily separated in the world of glenn beck. not when the day after the rally he complains that president obama -- >> he has told mainly students that your salvation is directly tied to the collective salvation. that's -- that's not something that most christians recognize. >> reporter: the president, when asked about the rally --
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>> so i think that mr. beck and the rest of those folks were exercising their rights under our constitution exactly as they should. >> reporter: and does any event that wedges in an appearance by sarah palin, who left only 15 minutes after speaking, really get to be called nonpartisan? beck was back on the air, where he told viewers -- >> everyone has a purpose. find what yours is. >> reporter: preacher words, perhaps. political? perhaps that too. john donvan, abc news, washington. >> timing played a part in this as well. beck's rally coincided with the 47th
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this week does mark the five-year anniversary of hurricane katrina. music of course has always been the heart and soul of new orleans. so when the crescent city was
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ravaged five years ago the music industry was there to help out in a big way. music and media consultant bruno del granado has been watching the performing artists who played a big part in the recovery. >> coming from new orleans safe to say music is the essence of that city. it's such an important part of new orleans. been an important part of the recovery as well. >> absolutely. let's not forget that new orleans is the birthplace of jazz and delta blues and just about every major american musical genre has its roots in new orleans. the greatest export new orleans has given to the world, undisputably, is music, rob. >> we saw such an incredible outpouring from around the world and around the country in the media aftermath of the storm,
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even up to right now. one of the best things about the recovery is some native sons in the music industry came back to help the city out. >> absolutely. harry connick and the marsalis brothers, winton and branford, did more to help the city during the recovery period, more than any politician hands-down. the day after the hurricane harry connick was out there trying to help people. he was on national news just begging everybody to help. and like, you know, they haven't gone away. in the last five years people have come and gone, the news has come and gone. the musicians have been there throughout these past five years, which is something not a lot of politicians, not a lot of people can attest to. harry connick and the marsalis brothers deserve a lot o o stepped up to help out too. >> oh, yeah. just after the hurricane artists like michael jackson, who wrote a song and donated the proceeds to it. prince did the same thing. stevie wonder, jay-z and diddy
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donated $1 million, lil wayne donated $500,000. artists from rock, pop, hip-hop, r&b, got together and donated money, donated time and effort as well. also those major telethons that raised collectively over $500 million. most of the talent was musical talent. everybody was just lining up, raising their hands, and saying i want to go down there, i want to do whatever it takes to help my people, my brothers, my friends, my family. >> absolutely. there were big concerts and celebrations there to mark the fifth anniversary this week. >> oh, yes, there were. you know this better than anybody, there's one thing new orleans knows how to do is party and music is part of the fabric of people's lives. birth, death, rebirth and everything else. the list of concerts last week
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was as long as a mile. artists like the nevilles were there, zydeco twister was there. that's the greatest thing about new orleans, people somehow find a way to go out there an hen ee hfromthe made a stro new orleans is still home to a lot of huge music festivals every year. >> yeah, four of the biggest music festivals in the world call new orleans home. we have of course mardi gras, we have jazzfest in april, we have the essence music festival which just took place a couple of weeks ago. and that this year featured alicia keys and mary j. blige, earth, wind and fire, janet jackson. in a couple of weeks the voodoo experience will take place in new orleans, the end of october. that features rock artists like ozzy osbourne, dead mouse. so artists are making collective effort to keep new orleans going. between the musicians and the
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new orleans saints, god bless new orleans for having those two people there. the new orleans saints, the team, and the artists who kept that city alive throughout the last five years. >> absolutely. and that city is making a strong rebound. the music has played an important role from the day after sto right? lunesta has some risk of dependency. when taking lunesta, don't drive or operate machinery until you feel fully awake. walking, eating, driving or engaging in other activities while asleep without remembering it the next day have been reported. abnormal behaviors may include aggressiveness agitation, hallucinations, or confusion. in depressed patients, worsening of depression, including risk of suicide, may occur. alcohol may increase these risks. allergic reactions such as tongue or throat swelling occur rarely and may be fatal. side effects may include unpleasant taste headache, dizziness, and morning drowsiness. stop fighting with your sleep. ask your doctor if lunesta is right for you. get lunesta for a co-pay as low as zero dollars
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finally this half hour, some little league players with some major league hearts. the little league world series came to a close last weekend. >> team japan beat team hawaii 4-1. but in new jersey they saved the best game of the season for last. here's jeremy hubbard. >> reporter: this is little league for kids who never feel like part of a team. >> i love you! >> reporter: it's challenger ball where scooters and wheelchairs are no problem. >> good job, yeah, yeah! >> reporter: where kids with down syndrome and autism are stars.
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where for the first time in their lives these children are allowed to run like the wind, hit like a-rod, throw a fastball like the pros. >> oh, good pitch, good swing. >> reporter: some 30,000 kids around the world now play in this special league. >> the camaraderie that they have and being able to feel that they are welcome and they're not outcasts. watching the smile on his face -- does it all. >> reporter: and out there with them, real-life angels in the outfield. friends and family members offering on the field encouragement. baseball buddies like chase here. his sister ashley has a chromosome disorder. she watched him play baseball for so many years until finally getting a shot of her own. >> he never really gets to go anywhere. because it's usually me and just cool for her. she loves playing baseball. >> reporter: some of these buddies have been out here for seven years. through good times and bad. trying to lift up kids working
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through a lifetime of feeling discouraged. >> she lacks the confidence of talking to people one on one. but she's in the dugout and on the field, those limitations are gone. >> reporter: at the championships there are no winners, no losers, everyone gets a medal, and lots of attention. something charlie, who has asperger's, a form of autism, doesn't seem to mind. >> i might be going over the top, kids might ask us for our autograph. >> reporter: a group of players and buddies proving that when you're thrown a curveball, there's no reason you can't take a swing. >> one, two, three! >> reporter: jeremy hubbard, abc news, new york. >> it's so great because so often we don't realize that people who are in that certain situation still are competitive, and these kids just want to be kids and have fun. and that's great that they get to do that. >> have as normal a life as possible which is great. there's no score, everyone's a winner just for getting out there.
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stronger storm. hurricane earl's impact on puerto rico, and now the threat to the east coast. then, baghdad's battle. the challenges to return to normal. what's next as u.s. combat troops ship out. and, dialing debate. should parents give young children cell phones? >> i was 10 when i got my first cell phone. >> we'll call the experts for some advice. it's tuesday, august 31st. >> from abc news, this is "world news now." >> it's so funny how times have changed. i don't think i had my first cell phone until the end of college. >> i was telling you i had a beeper. >> you were really cool. >> i had the beeper. beep, beep, beep. >> that was important.
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>> back then you had to go to a pay phone to call the person back. times have changed. >> always something new. >> absolutely. good morning, everyone. i'm mike marusarz. vinita nair is off this morning. >> i'm rob nelson. by tomorrow, hurricane earl could pack 150-mile-an-hour winds, posing a threat to a huge section of the east coast. >> emergency officials from north carolina to maine are now tracking earl. steven portnoy has the latest from washington. good morning, steven. >> rob and mike, good morning. officials here in washington are warning of danger close. as forecasters focus on those storms swirling out in the atlantic. hurricane earl is battering puerto rico, dumping heavy rains and flooding streets. the category 4 storm is heading towards the u.s. >> earl could approach the outer banks of north carolina as early as thursday night. >> reporter: and then make landfall in new england later in the week. along the way, wreaking havoc with beachgoers along the eastern seaboard who are exposed to riptides and heavy surf
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generated by hurricane danielle, already out there in the atlantic. >> as you can see, flying the double red flag. basically we're advising people not to swim. >> reporter: lifeguards and surfers sprang into action over the weekend to save hundreds of struggling swimmers. >> the guy's like, give me a surfboard, the guy's drowning out there. i just took off. >> reporter: saved his life. many had a close call. >> tossed around pretty good. sucks you under, beats you into the sand. knocks the air out of you. if you don't watch what you're doing. >> reporter: hurricanes danielle and earl, now a new storm called fiona, a trifecta of tropical storms threatening to ruin the end of the summer beach season. rob, mike? >> thank you, steven. watches and warnings are posted in the bahamas as hurricane earl moves in that direction. >> let's get the latest from ava dinges at accuweather. good morning, ava. >> good morning, mike and rob. a train of storms across the atlantic, first danielle, now
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earl, on its heels tropic storm fiona, the west as well, taking much of the same path as earl. the leeward islands in a concern once again because of fiona, eventually back toward the virgin islands. as for now earl remains the biggest concern as it is a major hurricane, well-defined eye. north of puerto rico still bringing heavy rain, northern coast of puerto rico picking up 3 to 6 inches of rain as we head throughout thesng h waves as high as 1 earl will continue to tracko northwesterly tg the southeast coasts of t high pressure in coross the atl this is going to steer earl in a northerly track. already by wednesday we are expecting rough surf, rip currents across the southeast coast of the united states. into thursday, even cape hatteras could bin t heavy rain. even strong, gusty winds. the thing to keep in mind, ea could even track further east o this track, impacting the eastern tier of long island. stay tuned as we will have upd >> thanks, ava. it is that timeyear here's the rst te
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tuesday forecast now. severe storms with a tornados in nebraska, kansas wisconsin, and minnesota. texas to flori thunderstorms across new mexico and arizona. rain in the northwest. >> 70s in boise and salt lake city. 99 in phoenix. mostly 90s from omaha to indianapolis. 92 in boston. 96 in new york. and upper 80s from atlanta to new orleans. and now to other news. there is little reaction from the u.s. government about the arrest of two men who took a united airlines flight from chicago to amsterdam. however, law enforcement sources tell abc news the men have been charged with preparation of a terrorist attack. brian ross has details. >> in custody in the netherlands are two men, both natives of yemen, who lived in the u.s. legally. ahmed mohamed al soofi and hasan al murisi. they started their flights in birmingham yesterday. flew to chicago o'hare and then changed plans right at o'hare
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but sent their bags on in a separate flight. they flew to the netherlands but the bags were going on to dubai. and it's what was in the bags that concerns law enforcement authori the security of people in birmingham realized that al soofi had $7,000 in cash, bulky clothing. in addition, in the bags, cell phones taped to a pepto-bismol bottle, a mock explosive. that's what the fbi is saying tonight. three other cell phones taped together, watches taped together, box cutters. it's not clear why they shipped all these things in the bags. but it's raised serious concerns, especially with the approach of the september 11th anniversary. >> that was brian ross reporting. no comment from u.s. officials on the two men charged in the netherlands. homeland security secretary janet napolitano could face questions about this tonight when she addresses a pilots' group. a new york student accused of slashing a cab driver' throat has been indicted on hate crime charges. 21-year-old michael enright is
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ng psychiatric prosecutors say enright was drunk when he stabbed ahmed sharif after learning he was muslim. sharif says there's no doubt the attack was fueled by anti-muslim bias. the public seems to be souring on president obama's health care reform law. a poll released tismog shows only 39% of americans believe the country is better off under the new health care law. that's down 20 points from february of last year. about one-third of those polled are angry about health care reform. 30% are enthusiastic about it. president obama meets with troops today in texas ahead of his major address tonight on the war in iraq. during an appearance yesterday, the president tackled the economic crisis. he promises to have new ideas on speeding up the recovery within the next few weeks. of course, the president's speech on the end of the american combat mission in iraq begins tonight at 8:00 eastern, 7:00 central, and abc news will have live coverage. vice president joe biden is
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in iraq for tomorrow's change of command ceremony which will mark the end of u.s. combat operations there. everyday life in iraq's capital city faces challenges as people ther baghdad back streets. let's start with this apartment building right here. in 2004, a huge car bomb went off. it was aimed at a church across the street,it se th apartmeld hussein family inside. how's it going? nice to meet you. we recently went to their rebuilt home. and met their daughter, dima, who was blinded in one eye and still needs more surgery. violence is way down since the bad days. at the height of the war in september of 2006, 3,389 iraqi civilians were killed. this month, 270. which is why we saw some hopeful signs on these two blocks. like this new building going up right here. and in the building across the street, this man named fadel recently opened a pickle shop. but there are some serious problems with basic services. right here is a huge generator that provides power to local
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families who can afford to pay for it because the city power is so unreliable. before the war, people in baghdad had power 16 to 24 hours a day. now it's about five hours a day. the system is so antiquated that there are live power lines hanging alarmingly low, right over the sidewalks. we have all these children here. if any one of these children jumps up and touch the wire they could be killed. "yes," she says, "anybody could be killed." another basic service they're lacking here, trash removal. here we are in a pretty wealthy neighborhood. why is it that there's trash all over the place? "local officials are lazy and careless," he says. by almost any measure, life on these two blocks and in all of baghdad has improved vastly since the dark days of the sectarian madness. but people here are still so worried about their future that
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many of them asked us for help to move to america. why do you want to leave here? >> it's no good. >> no good here? >> no good. >> why not? she searches for a word to explain what's not good. and then, in arabic, she says -- "everything." dan harris, abc news, baghdad. some real swingers are supporting american men and women in uniform. not what you may think. >> we're talking about golfers. more than 600 of them turned out for the tee it up for the troops event, billed as the largest military golf outing in illinois. golfers descended on three courses around peoria, all hoping to raise $250,000. >> the money raised will go to a number of national veterans' groups, including the wounded warrior project. organizers say the event will be even bigger next year. good cause. >> it is a good cause. the tee it up for the troops organization started back in 2005.
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all right. it seems these days the must-have back to school accessory for kids is not trendy clothes, not a new backpack, but a cell phone. >> of course. well, get this, nearly one-third of american kids age 8 to 10 actually have their own cell phones. but does having one help or hurt? here's claire shipman. >> reporter: back to school time and the rush is on for those critical supplies. pencils, folders, rulers, and -- cell phones? for many families, the cell phone has become the latest backpack necessity as classes get started again.
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even if parents like anicia keel aren't buying them, they're getting lobbied hard. >> if you give me a cell phone i'll never be a bad boy again. >> reporter: nice negotiating but she thinks 8-year-old braden is too young. according to a study by cafe mom, a website dedicated to parenting issues, most mothers think 13 is the right age. but some families are moving younger. >> i was 10 when i got my first cell phone. >> two or three of my friends have cell phones. i got my cell phone eight months ago for christmas. >> reporter: the bahoney family thinks the digital connection is critical for their busy lives. >> the reasons for the cell phone, obviously, the a after-school activities and the emergency situation if they're away from home. that's definitely a big factor in it. >> reporter: and many families now feel the same way. 31% of 8 to 10-year-olds now
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have cell phones, according to a kaiser study. 69% of 11 to 14-year-olds do. and 85% of 15 to 18-year-olds. >> it's important to set limits with these children, especially at a young age. >> reporter: so far, braden isn't having much luck with his powers of persuasion. >> i ask my mom and dad 200 times a week for a cell phone. they still say no. >> we're setting the standards so high and the expectations so high, that if they're getting cell phones at this very young age, by the time they're in high school, what are we going to be providing to them? you know, brand new cars? condos? >> reporter: anicia says 14 or 15 for that phone. but not surprisingly a lot of families feel it just depends on the child. >> for many of the moms considering a phone for the younger child, those in that 8 to 10 to early tween range, maturity and responsibility are key factors. >> reporter: the biggest worry about going digital? 80% of moms fear their child
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will lose that cell phone. 65% think the phone will distract them from academics. 63% worry their child might be exposed to inappropriate content through browsing or apps. >> despite having many concerns our moms do recognize the value of having that constant connectivity or that line out to their kids at any given time. >> reporter: and so the latest frontier for cell phones, elementary school. >> again, sign of the times. again, there are a lot of ways parents can put limits on how their kid uses a cell phone. >> i think most parents feel like if there's an emergency, i want to have an immediate way to get in contact with you. >> i think the limitations is the key word there. just like on facebook d d d d d d d d d d d d d d d d d d d d d d d d d d d d d d d d d d d d d d d d d d d d d d d d d d d d d d d d d
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welcome back, everybody. >> it is time for "the skinny." and we have --
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>> big news. >> big news. "dancing with the stars," we have the lineup. >> it's official. that's right. >> the official lineup that was released last night here on abc. brandy one of the contestants on "dancing with the stars." we also have jennifer grey, michael bolton -- >> that's not michael. >> that is not michael. margaret cho. florence henderson, of course. bristol palin, who will be on "good morning america" this morning. the hoff. >> the hoff, yes. >> david hasselhoff. and, you know, kurt warner, which is a good choice, i think. he's not busy now, retired from the league. >> that's right, plenty of time. rick fox, former laker. husband of vanessa williams.
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>> to see if he can transition from the court to the dance floor. and "the situation." >> can't forget "the situation," my boy from "the jersey shore." >> my question is, is one of the themes going to be the fist pumping? >> i have no doubt that he will be -- he will be out there, he will be fist pumping. >> doing the fist pumping. >> a pretty good lineup this year. >> it is a good lineup and that ustranter b-i lovah. ththe n th moving on, this is real yesterday. apparently there was a big kind of misunderstanding at the g t thed ofthe a ofhow e thin miam e th as they're doing it during the emmys on sunday night, apparently there was a picture of corey haim who did pass away as a young kid. some people thought it looked like fred savage, who played kevin on "the wonder years." all of a sudden on twitter and online all these reports come
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out about how fred savage had died. there's the picture of a young fred savage and a young corey haim. i can kind of see quickly, you know, you might get confused. >> right. >> but we should clear up immediately, fred savage is very well alive, fine. corey haim is no longer with us. but there was -- in this day and age, people twitter and text and onliy. people thought fred died because people thought corey was the young fred. false alarm. bad information got spread way too quickly. there's the picture of the guys current age. >> as adults. there's really no resemblance there. >> not at all. >> you're seeing that more and more, people quick to the twitter. >> get bad inforatio fred's all right. >> verify the twitters. this is interesting, a new m.j. movie being shot. which is interesting because they had "this is it" that was released. it was somewhat of a big hit.
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here are some stories to watch today on abc news. after hitting puerto rico, hurricane earl's next threat is the bahamas. tropical storm watches and warnings are posted in that part of the caribbean. president obama marks the end of the american combat mission in iraq today by visiting troops at ft. bliss, texas. the troops based there have been deployed to iraq for years. and scientists will begin a week-long tour of the gulf of mexico today. they want to know if the oil spill will have a lasting impact on plants and animals. and finally this half hour, the pill that costs just a little over $2 but could save up to 10,000 lives every year. >> medical researchers say the drug could prevent heart failure
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and give thousands of people a new lease on life. here's the bbc's jon brain. >> reporter: it's an illness which blights the lives of hundreds of thousands of people and saps the resources of the national health service. the prognosis for people suffering from heart failure is worse than from many cancers. but could a small, relatively cheap pill that's already on the market be the answer? ivabradine costs 1.5 pounds a day and is used to treat patients with angina. in a trial across 37 countries, it was given to heart failure patients as well. many reported a huge improvement. >> since having treatments, and at the present moment i feel really very well. i'm very active, very positive. i'm enjoying life. i'm rediscovering all sorts of things that i sort of stopped being interested in a very long
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time ago. >> reporter: heart failure occurs when the heart is too weak to pump blood around the body efficiently. ivabradine slows down the patient's pulse, meaning less stress is put on the organ. it also appears to have fewer side effects than existing heart drugs. experts in the uk have welcomed the research but are counseling caution. >> i think any new drug needs to be managed and introduced cautiously. it's not for everybody. the trial was particularly in people who had a high heart rate. the feature about this drug is it lowers your heart rate so you wouldn't want to give it tf1
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